Dubai power and water plant gets controls upgrade

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A new package of enhanced energy services will supply Dubai Electricity and Water Authority’s Jebel Ali L2 power and water station with the latest advancements in plant service, maintenance and controls.

The agreement will see Siemens Energy supply an intelligent controller for each of the four SGT5-4000F gas turbines, the latest SPPA-T3000 control system, services for generators, as well as added upgrades for outage reduction and operational flexibility.

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The intelligent controller was co-developed by Dubai Electricity and Water Authority’s (DEWA) and Siemens Energy last year and was the world’s first thermodynamic Digital Twin Gas Turbine (GT) Intelligent Controller.

The controller uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to systematically give power plant operators a complete and continuous overview and scenario-based assessment of power plant operations.

The upgraded SPPA-T3000 control system features online patch update capabilities which enable continuous, safe plant operations during the update as it doesn’t require system shutdown.

By having all equipment running on one control system, it also enhances planning for maintenance services and management of spare parts.

Upgrades for the SGT5-4000F gas turbines will enable interval extension between outages providing increased operational flexibility, allowing for a higher number of starts and reduction of outages by approximately 25%.

Said Nasser Lootah, executive vice president of generation at DEWA: “Our strategic partnership with Siemens dates back over 30 years. Siemens Energy’s technologies contribute to around 53% of DEWA’s total generation capacity, enough power for more than 2.5 million residents in Dubai.”

Karim Amin, executive vice president of Siemens Energy, generation division, said: “This new agreement underscores the longstanding relationship we have with DEWA and the successes we’ve achieved together in bringing our advanced technologies and services to DEWA’s water and power facilities. We look forward to continuing this collaboration for many years to come.”

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